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26-30, Hanover Street L1, Liverpool

Description: 26-30, Hanover Street L1

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 14 March 1975
English Heritage Building ID: 214241

OS Grid Reference: SJ3461690006
OS Grid Coordinates: 334616, 390006
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4028, -2.9849

Location: Hanover Street, Liverpool L1 4AA

Locality: Liverpool
County: Liverpool
Country: England
Postcode: L1 4AA

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Listing Text

SJ3489 L1

392/30/576 Nos. 26 - 30 (even)


A pair of warehouses. Early C19, with C20 alterations. Red/brown brick, laid to Flemish bond, the upper part of the right-hand warehouse rendered and painted, with coped gablets and valley parapet walls, and a slate roof covering.
PLAN: Paired gables to street frontage, the ridges of the twin ranges running at right angles to the street.
FRONT (south-west) ELEVATION: Paired frontages, each of 5 bays, 5 storeys above a basement. Centre bays have tall, semi-circular arch-headed openings housing tiered double loading doorways with plank double doors, each timber loading beams acting as a lintel to the opening below. Above the arch heads, gabled canopies cover hoist beams. left hand warehouse with flat-headed ground floor doorway to internal stair, lit by small circular openings with projecting cills to each floor. Flanking the central loading bay are stacked 2-light windows with shallow-arched heads. To the left of the central bay a ground floor doorway and, further left, a taller ground floor window. Right-hand warehouse with stair accessed by means of a semi-circular headed doorway on the left-hand side, with a single oval opening above, and then a 2-light window to each floor. Further right, a taller doorway and then a widened ground floor opening with loading doors above. Wide semi-circular arch-headed doorway to right of loading bay, with radiating fanlight, and tall barred ground floor window to right-hand bay. Above, 2-light windows, some barred.
REAR ELEVATION: Asymmetrical gabled form of front elevation repeated at the rear with 2-light windows to each floor, and a doorway to the 4th floor with simple timber hoist beam above.
INTERIOR: Wooden storage floors supported on substantial floor beams and timber posts. Tall ground floor, now fire- damaged, with 7 transverse beams carried on 2 rows of slender cast-iron columns. This area, originally ceiled retains fragments of plaster cornice work. Basement storey with 2 rows of cast-iron columns with flanged heads supporting transverse floor beams. First and second floors with 2 rows of timber posts, 3rd floor with fewer beams. Roof structure formed from queen post trusses supporting collar beams with superimposed king posts. These carry 3 ranks of trenched purlins and ridge purlins.
HISTORY: This warehouse, together with the buildings to the right are shown on Horwoods map of Liverpool of 1803. They form the most complete survival of buildings associated with the earliest phase of Liverpool's development as a major port, centred around Steers Dock, developed in the (18, around which the pattern of streets in the Lower Hanover Street and Paradise Street areas developed. On these street frontages, merchants houses with attached warehouses were built, to be later replaced by, or converted to warehousing as the merchant class migrated to areas further from the dock.
Nos. 26-30 forms part of a notable group of contemporary structures, together with No.24 Hanover Street (item 53/575) and Nos. 1 and 3, Duke Street (item 30/394).
A pair of early (19 warehouses, which form part of the most significant surviving group of buildings located close to the site of the city's first enclosed dock, and associated with the early phase of Liverpool's development as a seaport of international significance. Their architectural form and prominent siting gives them great townscape significance within the historic port landscape of which they form a part.

Listing NGR: SJ3461690006

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Source: English Heritage

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